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Salome with the Head of St John the Baptist

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Having danced before Herod, Salome requested the head of John the Baptist on a charger (Matthew 14: 6–11). Reni's painting, now in the Galleria Nazionale, Palazzo Corsini, Rome, was executed in 1638–1639 and acquired by Urban VIII Barberini in December 1639. This painting is similar in size and closely corresponds except that the copyist has slightly prettified Salome. Various copies are known although none are recorded in the Corsini inventories.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



oil on canvas


H 140 x W 102 cm

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Presented by Mrs Jenkyns, before 1859

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